Sony Deal Ends Cable Box Era

Strikes deal for accessory-free TV
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 12:19 PM CDT
Visitors watch the Sony Corp.'s Bravia flat panel TV sets on display at a Tokyo store, Japan, Wednesday, May 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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(Newser) – The days of set-top cable boxes are surely numbered, thanks to Sony, the first consumer electronics company to close a deal to produce TVs that need no accessories to receive digital cable signals. The memorandum of understanding, signed by all the major cable companies, doesn’t just apply to Sony; other electronics companies have been invited on board too, Reuters reports. Sets should be available by Christmas.